WOF: What search engine did you use before Google?

By Jos ยท 112 replies
Feb 4, 2011
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  1. There's no denying Google's dominance in the search engine market. The Mountain View giant currently holds somewhere between 80-90% of the global search market, depending on where you get your numbers, and is almost as dominant in the U.S. alone with a 66% share, according to the latest comScore report. It's become so present in our lives that the word 'google' itself is commonly used as a verb and has even made it to the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries.

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    I've never used anything before Google. Heil Google!
  3. Combination of Yahoo!, Hotbot, and Infoseek.
  4. Metacrawler ftw!
  5. Same here, Google is King.
  6. All Hail Google!!!
  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Altavista :O
  8. AltaVista until summer 1999 - then Google
  9. Still using Metacrawler.
  10. I used to use Dogpile
  11. Lycos ----
  12. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, Metacrawler, Dogpile and whatever microsoft had before Bing.
  13. yahoo then google
  14. AltaVista until summer 1999 - then Google
  15. yahoo i think, after i found google ive used them ever since ^^ google is the best! ^^
  16. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    For some reason Yahoo never appealed to me, so before Google I mostly relied on Altavista and Infoseek. I remember at one point there was no single search engine that delivered usable results for all queries, so I had to stumble back and forth until something good came up. Then Google came along and I never looked back, though to be honest as much as the I love instant search, I hate the screenshots that go along when you hover over results.
  17. Altavista too.
  18. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Yahoo & askjeeves besides Google but first was Google as it was default on my browser.
  19. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Ask Jeeves was my main search engine, though I occasionally used Yahoo. After reading this article, I went and visited ask.com for the first time since Google came out.....boy has it changed, lol. I can't believe they got rid of Jeeves...the butler of the search engine :p
  20. gooderguy

    gooderguy TS Enthusiast Posts: 68

    I used several like AltaVista, Lycos, Excite, Infoseek, Yahoo, and then when Dogpile came out and combined many of those I started using it. Wow, just now for the heck of it I tried all those search sites and they are still all there, just one changed names, it's been so long.
  21. Excite was the bomb!!
  22. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    Yahoo, Hotbot and AltaVista
  23. Ssendi

    Ssendi TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Aol was very common by then!!! then Msn because Hotmail was my first email hence msn used to be my home page!!!
  24. milford50

    milford50 TS Rookie

    I used to use Ask Jeeves mostly, miss the Richie rich butler :D
  25. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    AltaVista, I liked it because it had a simple interface.

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